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El Destilado Pichomel

El Destilado Pichomel is made with maguey Pichomel (agave Marmorata) in Reyes Metzontla, Puebla.

About this destilado de agave

El Destilado Pichomel is made with maguey Pichomel (Agave Marmorata) in the state of Puebla, Mexico. The agave is a closely related sub-varietal of maguey Tepextate. This mezcal is made by Atelo Ramirez. The agave are cooked with evergreen, mashed by hand with wooden mallets, fermented in plastic with spring water, and distilled in a copper-clay-steel hybrid still.

El Destilado

While some of the El Destilado brand’s agave distillates are sourced from some of the same producers as the 5 Sentidos brand, the El Destilado spirits brand is otherwise not directly related to the El Destilado restaurant in Oaxaca City. The brand was founded by Michael Sager and Marcis Dzelzainis, who own the Sager + Wilde Restaurant and Wine Bar in London.

3 reviews

3.83 out of 5

aarild

aarild

125 reviews
Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars4 months ago

Batch of May 2019. Very excited to try this bottle, as it is my first maguey pichomel ever. Marmorata is certainly amongst my top preferred agave, although Oaxacan tepextate and Pueblan pizorra offer two very distinct styles as well as flavours.
Nose: A whiff of new oilcloth, plum skin, summer savoury and rosemary. There is also a lactic hint, and with the herbal notes it is like cutting through a Corsican Brin d’amour cheese. It is amazing how it compares to La Venenosa Costa raicilla (of which I had a bottle at home and could compare side by side).
Palate: More lactic and mineral notes, like a gentle raicilla. I have a vague theory that mezcales haling from areas were Spain had strong economic interests in colonial times, were intentionally made with sour smells and flavours, in order to put off the interest of the Spanish king’s tax collectors, although I know next to nothing about the history of Reyes Mezontla. Anyway, here the lactic aspect is so mild that it won’t scare anyone familiar with, say, blue cheese or white mould cheese. Quickly, I get slightly unripe Conference pear, green peppercorns in brine, green jelly beans and a hint of bitter almond – like the core of peach pits perhaps. It is not until the finish that the familiar bell pepper and jalapeño flavours makes you think of a tepextate.
Thoughts: Very special, very very good. I believe it is quite the same juice you get if you try a 5 Sentidos Pichomel from the same palenquero couple. The alcohol is well integrated, and the flavours are so nice and balanced that there is only a slight lack in structure keeping this from being a full score.

Batch of May 2019. Very excited to try this bottle, as it is my first maguey pichomel ever. Marmorata is certainly amongst my top preferred agave, although Oaxacan tepextate and Pueblan pizorra offer two very distinct styles as well as flavours.
Nose: A whiff of new oilcloth, plum skin, summer savoury and rosemary. There is also a lactic hint, and with the herbal notes it is like cutting through a Corsican Brin d’amour cheese. It is amazing how it compares to La Venenosa Costa raicilla (of

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meserole

meserole

72 reviews
Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars2 years ago

Super unique. Buttered popcorn, toffee, bubblegum. A distinct, sweet, and delectable mezcal that I’m eager to share with friends. One of my favorites from about a dozen I tried from 5 Sentidos/El Destilado at their restaurant in Oaxaca City.

Batch MX-19-PICH.

My husband hates this by the way, so where I’m finding joy in the novelty, the funkiness of this might be polarizing in the end.

UPDATE: the butterscotch funkiness has progressed to a ‘used gym socks’ putrid flavor. I can taste the fermenting agave, and it’s still… novel… but I would say it’s tipped over into undrinkable territory about 6 months open and halfway full.

Super unique. Buttered popcorn, toffee, bubblegum. A distinct, sweet, and delectable mezcal that I’m eager to share with friends. One of my favorites from about a dozen I tried from 5 Sentidos/El Destilado at their restaurant in Oaxaca City.
Batch MX-19-PICH.
My husband hates this by the way, so where I’m finding joy in the novelty, the funkiness of this might be polarizing in the end.
UPDATE: the butterscotch funkiness has progressed to a ‘used gym socks’ putrid flavor.

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Brahh

Brahh

11 reviews
Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars2 years ago

This is a really good one….bit funky.

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